Equine and Bovine Lameness Evaluation Wichita, KS

A good examination is critical to diagnosing soundness issues. Because veterinarians cannot ask their patients where it hurts, they must depend upon visual cues and subtle changes in body position to obtain an accurate picture of many performance limiting lameness’s not readily discerned.
An examination will include but in many cases may not be limited to;

  • A physical exam,
  • Palpation of the limbs and joints
  • Evaluating range of motion
  • Watching the horse travel in a straight line and on a lunge line
  • Response to flexion of the joints.

Further diagnostics can include nerve blocks, joint blocks, radiographs, and ultrasound. Most lameness exams conducted with us are videotaped and run through an analytical software program (www.dartfish.com).

Initial work-up can often be done in the field as long as a firm, even surface is available. However, it should be noted that the quality and the outcome is more often than not directly related to the ability to completely and accurately evaluate the patient and in many cases this can be a challenge given the variety of housing conditions seen.